“This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Char-Broil; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s springtime across the country! Gone are the days of shoveling snow, scraping ice, and dealing with subzero temperatures here in Ohio. Spring is in the air, which means one thing to me – grilling and entertaining season has begun! I can finally count down the days to Memorial Day on my fingers and toes!
I have to say that this opportunity came to me at the perfect time. The last time I tried to grill out simple burgers, my 6-year-old grill (already on the fritz) flamed up so badly I burned all the food. I’m talking flames reaching about 6 feet high. I really though my grill was going to go kaboom! I had to call my father in-law outside to help me put out the flames. Simply embarrassing! When I was contacted to test out a Char-Broil Tru Infrared gas grill, I couldn’t have been happier to bid adieu to my old grill. I did receive a free grill for purposes of performing this review for my blog.
Cost: $499 (per Char-Broil site on 4/30/2017)
User rating: Currently rates 3.7 out of 5 stars on the Char-Broil website
Where to purchase: Lowe’s, Char-Broil
One of the many reasons I was excited to get this grill to test was that I was got the opportunity to test out an infrared cooking system. All of the grills I have owned in the past did not have this technology. As soon as I dropped my burgers onto the grilling grates, I immediately got to see this technology in action. Conventional gas grills use convection heat. Convection heat is known to create pockets of cooler air around the food. When this happens, the food doesn’t cook evenly. Grills that use infrared technology do not experience this problem because the heat that is distributed from its burners goes directly to a specially designed metal that retains heat. Infrared grilling is definitely the way to go because it results in meat with more juice, more evenly cooked food, and no flame ups. If you read about my fiasco with flame ups earlier in this post, you’ll surely understand why I welcome this feature!
Porcelain Coated Grates
The grill comes with durable porcelain coated cooking grates, which are much easier to clean and maintain than other conventional grill grates. I did a lot of research on how to maintain the grill’s lifespan, and one thing that Char-Broil urges is to make sure to use the supplied cleaning tool and not a regular grill brush. They also strongly suggest the usage of a grill cover. Customer reviews I read indicated the grates tend to rust without proper protection and cleaning. While Char-Broil states that these grates are rust-resistant, going the extra mile to properly clean and store the grill only contributes to its durability.
The sideburner is a great feature of this grill. What I like about Char-Broils is that it comes with the option to use the included heavy-duty griddle, or a metal rack for warming up sauces and side dishes in a pot. There is also a sturdy steel lid that can be closed to allow more room for additional workspace.
Stainless Steel Burners
The burners on this grill are made of stainless steel and can be adjusted to raise or lower the cooking temperature. I have not tried to adjust them yet as I only cooked with the grill once. If you are getting ready to make a gas grill purchase, I do recommend only buying one with stainless steel burners because as food drippings build up over time, the acids inside can damage the burners. Stainless steel is more durable and resistant to these drippings.
The wheels on this grill come with locking casters which come in very handy when trying to set it on a surface that’s not completely flat. While not necessarily essential, I do recommend locking the wheels even on a flat surface just to keep the grill from moving at all.
You can choose to purchase separate accessories, such as condiment baskets or tool hooks, to add to the grill’s side shelves. I have not yet purchases any of these accessories, but might in the future as my grilling needs change.
This grill comes equipped with an electronic igniter located at each burner. Like most gas grills, igniting the burners involves quickly pushing one of the burner knobs and turning to high while immediately pressing the igniter switch. With this grill, you can use any of the burners to ignite it. It will be a test of time to see how long the igniter lasts with as often as I grill in the warm months. Gas grills commonly have electronic igniters that eventually go bad.
Swing-A-Way Warming Rack
The warming rack on this grill will swing back when you open your grill lid, allowing you more room to access the food on the cooking grates. When I grilled out the first time, I put my corn on the cob on the warming rack while I was working on the burgers, peppers, and chicken tenders. I was able to fit a lot of corn on the warming rack. It is much larger than other grills I have in the past – so comes in handy as a great place to let things warm while you focus on other food items!
Lid-Mounted Temperature Gauge
The temperature gauge mounted on the lid of the grill is very big and easy to read. I regularly grill my burgers with the lid closed because I like trapping in that smokey flavor, and the burgers cook quicker too. The temperature gauge lets me know what’s going on under the hood without having to let all of the heat escape by opening the lid.
This grill comes with a 10 year warranty on the stainless burners, 3 years on the firebox, lid, grates and emitters. All other parts are covered for 1 year.
Uses Propane or Natural Gas
A separately sold conversion kit allows you to switch from propane to your home’s natural gas line.
Propane Level Gauge
The grill comes equipped with a propane level gauge that connects directly to the propane tank. The gauge tells you how much gas you have left, so no more chances to run out of fuel!
Cooking System and Burners:
- Cooking System: Gas TRU-Infrared
- Main Burner BTUs: 32,000
- Side Burner BTUs: 13,000
Dimensions & Weight:
- Assembled Width (in.): 57
- Assembled depth (in.): 24
- Assembled Height (in.): 48
- Weight (lbs.): 186.9
- Warming Rack Area (sq.in.): 200
- Model #: 463242716
- Assembly Required: Yes
- Burner Material: Stainless Steel
What’s in the box:
- Product Guide
- Char-Broil Grilling Guide and Savings Book
- $100 Wine Voucher from NakedWines.com
The Char-Broil Commercial™ 4 Burner Gas Grill in Action
Today was a PERFECT day to test out the grill. Temps were in the 80s and no rain in sight. With a family of 6, I always grill multiple items at once. We decided to make poblano burgers, grilled corn on the cob, and chicken tenders. I was able to get all of this food on the grill with plenty of room to spare!
- Well-built, sturdy, attractive stainless steel frame.
- Well-detailed assembly instructions.
- Easy to ignite.
- Heats up quickly. My poblano burgers were ready to go on the grill in under 5 minutes.
- Wide grilling area
- Infrared system really does a fantastic job preventing flame-ups.
- Has a propane level gauge to tell you when it’s time for a new tank. A must have for a frequent griller!
- Grill can be converted from propane to natural gas. A separate conversion kit is required, but still a great option if you choose to hook into your home’s natural gas line!
- Grilling grates and the infrared metal plates are set up in such a way as to prevent food from slipping through to the bottom of the grill.
- A little on the heavy side. It took a good bit of effort for me to get the grill rolling to its final spot in the backyard. It doesn’t roll very well in grass.
- Takes a while to assemble. Expect to set aside anywhere between 3-4 hours of undivided attention assembling everything.
- Doesn’t have anything to hold the two steel doors in place whenever you try to move the grill. I moved the grill from my garage (where I assembled it) around the corner to my backyard and one of the doors kept popping open. Would like to see some sort of latch/magnetic device on future models to keep this from happening.
I give this grill 4.5 out of 5 stars because it really is an all-around fantastic grill to have in the backyard. I love how once you ignite it, it’s fired up and ready to go in no time (and with minimal effort too!). I’m extremely impressed with the Tru Infrared technology. Not once did any of my burgers cause a flame-up, and I tend to grill them on the hotter side of the temperature gauge. Had I tried this on my old grill, I would be sure to see flames a mile high. I love how Char-Broil has designed this grill to be a stylish and rugged product. The stainless steel design combined with the dark porcelain makes this a beautiful grill. Coming in at over 180 lbs, it’s pretty heavy, but with that weight comes durability.
The assembly process was relatively time-consuming, but the instructions were easy to follow for the most part. From the time I got it out of the box, until the last part was attached, I had spent about 4 total hours putting it together. I had never assembled a gas grill like this before, so some of that time was me trying to decypher the instructions. There were a few steps a long the way where I had to stop and try to figure out where the directions where pointing me to put a screw or attach a part.
There are no assembly tools included with the grill, so expect to pull out a few screw drivers, wrenches, and needle-nose plyers to help you get the job done. There were also several occasions where I had to position myself on my back to be able to reach up to attach a part. Most of the assembly process, though, I was able to sit or stand comfortably while working. I will say heed caution when installing the lid. It contains most of the weight. Although I installed it by myself, the product guide states that two people are required to install it.
As I mentioned earlier, the grill is bulky, coming in at around 180 lbs. I had to move it from my garage to the backyard, which meant occasional movement through the grass. I did have to put some muscle into the grill to get it to start rolling, but as long as I kept it on the sidewalk, it moved very well. The few times I had to roll it in the grass, I experienced a lot of difficulty getting it to roll at all.
My very first grilling experience with this Char-Broil Grill was pleasant. When I grill, I grill for my wife and 4 kids, and sometimes my inlaws and their daughter, so I’m cooking for a large family. I am very pleased with the amount of space I had to work with while grilling. Other grills I’ve had always seemed to limit me in terms of cooking space, but not my Char-Broil. If you are cooking in bulk like I did, you will have plenty of room to do what you need to do.
There really is something truly special about grilling out on a warm night with the family. Nothing beats watching the kids run around having a good time in the backyard, sipping a Manhattan or a cold beer, and smelling the smokey goodness that’s under the hood of my Char-Broil Grill. I am already excited about using the grill again. Knowing that I don’t have to constantly babysit for flame-ups is a huge selling point for me. I can spend my time watching my kids play rather than play firefighter. Grilling should be relaxing and fun. I truly enjoy using this grill and highly recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a new gas grill.